July 28, 2014

my weekly to-dos...

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I was in a fairly dreadful mood for much of last week. I want to blame the heat and humidity and our lack of central air conditioning, but I know they're only partially to blame. (Although, have you ever tried to blow-dry your hair in 83% humidity? This is why messy buns reign in summer.) I also only exercised once, and the only day I got up before Eisley was Sunday—so, neither of those things helped. To be honest, I can always feel myself swinging into these moods and try as I might, I just have to ride it out until I find calm again. A little ridiculous, sure, but it's one of those things that I'm not sure I'll ever be able to fully change.

That said, I'm ready for this week…time to start fresh.

See below for last week's to-do list, as well as a new list for the week ahead:

Last week's goals:

Marriage, Motherhood & Home Life
 — Try one new recipe
 — Buy one new item we need for the duplex (snagged a frame for only $3.88 on clearance at Target)
 — Organize Eisley's clothes and toys (and donate any she no longer needs)

Self
 — Order glasses (decided to go with the ones from this post that I loved so much)
 — Read every day
 — Restart running program

Creativity
 — Add vintage books and other miscellany to the shop
 — Make 5 new things to sell

Miscellany
 — Send one piece of snail mail
 — Tackle email inbox

A closer look at some of last week's goals:
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I actually found time to read every single day, which felt like a feat. It's been a while since I've consistently read something—and I can't remember the last fiction book I couldn't put down. I tend to stick to memoirs and other non-fiction, as of late. I'm currently reading The 19th Wife (much different than I thought it would be, but overall it has kept my interest and made me look forward to picking it up every day).

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I went through all of Eisley's clothes, including several boxes we have in the garage, to weed out the things she no longer needs or fits into. She insisted we go through the Halloween box, which resulted in the above shenanigans. Totally worth it.

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As for snail mail, I ended up sending out a few things—including the above goodies to my older sister. Hooray for adorable things in the Target dollar bins!

This week's goals:

Marriage, Motherhood & Home Life
 — Work on a positive attitude (esp. around my husband)
 — Deep clean/organize something
 — Take Eisley somewhere new

Self
 — Splurge on something I need (jeans, running shoes, unmentionables)
 — Run 3 times

Creativity
 — Work on snail mail project/post how-to on blog
 — Write, write, write

Miscellany
 — Send one piece of snail mail
 — Earn at least one $5 gift card from Swagbucks
 — Tackle email inbox

To anyone else who suffered from the blues last week: I hope you have an absolutely beautiful let's-start-fresh Monday, too!

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July 25, 2014

moderate couponing: cheap coffee for your weekend...

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I was able to get this coffee for only $1.50 today, after combining sale pricing, a printable coupon and an Ibotta rebate. Can I get an amen? (Amen.)

This is something that (depending on where you live) you should be able to take advantage of this weekend, too, so I had to pop in and share a little how-to! Just remember that the sale pricing for this coffee is a special $5 Friday deal at Vons/Safeway stores, so it is only good this weekend with your club card. If you are unable to make it to the store on Friday, just log onto your account this weekend and you should still be able to add this coffee to your card online for the discounted price. I've had luck doing this in the past.

Here's how I was able to get this deal:

  Seattle's Best coffee: $5 (club price)
   — Used one $2 coupon (printable from seattlesbest.com)
   — Submitted $1.50 rebate (via Ibotta)

Retail price (pre-tax): $7.99
Price I paid (pre-tax): $1.50

Jay and I drink coffee every morning, and it's a little ridiculous how quickly we go through these 12 oz. bags of coffee. I've consistently been able to get various brands (even Starbucks) for $3 or less, thanks to coupons, rebates and sales. Pretty darn awesome, if you ask me. We no longer have to get the crazy-cheap (and not as delicious) kind from Costco. Hooray for my tastebuds and energy level!

Happy coffee drinking, folks.

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July 23, 2014

photography: sweet little Lilly...

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I only took my fancy camera out once (that's right: once) during my entire trip, which is definitely a regret, but it is what it is. With the convenience of my iPhone (paired with the fact that I'm having trouble with the settings and focus on my camera), I often end up snapping photos with my phone and then editing them quickly with one of my favorite apps.

However, I'm glad that I ran inside to grab my camera one afternoon while Eisley and her cousin, Lilly, were running around the back yard. I couldn't get any photos of Eisley without her making some sort of goofy face (par for the course these days), but I was able to get a bunch of adorable photos of miss Lilly! She's only ten months older than Eisley, so they are definitely two peas in a pod when they get to spend time together. I wish so much that they were able to see each other more often, but these days we will take any time we can get!

I thought I'd share a few of my favorites from this spur-of-the-moment photoshoot:

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Lilly is such a gem. She is sweet, silly and has an adventurous spirit. I can't wait to see what sort of girl she grows up to be, as the years go by.